When Everything That CAN Go Wrong DOES Go Wrong

If you follow me and the Self Esteem Through Art brand through my site or via social media, you know that I have been preparing to launch my first ever online class for women. This is an arena I have wanted to be in for at least the past five years, and I finally...

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The Cost of Staying Small and Pliable

When I launched the Self Esteem Through Art program in 2011, I knew I wanted a successful business but I spent a LOT of time self-sabotaging and allowing others to sabotage me.   I would run a beautifully awesome class for girls, the feedback would be phenomenal, and...

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Lessons From “The Fixer”

When I was in the salon getting my hair done Friday night, I made notice that there were a lot of new faces working there. My hairdresser said, "Oh, that. Well, The Fixer came in and fired so and so and so and so. These are the people that replaced them." The Fixer?!...

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Go Ahead…Jump!

We went to Martha's Vineyard yesterday. It was the first time for all of us and we were all looking forward to experiencing different aspects of the island. Tops on the list for my daughters was jumping off the "Jaws" Bridge and into the water. It's kind of an island...

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Building Each Other Up, Brick by Brick

The women in my classes spend time in my studio for a multitude of reasons: they are trying to get un-stuck, they are reinventing, they are desperately craving time for themselves, they want to be supported by a community of empathetic women, they want a safe space to...

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I’ve Never Told You This Before…

I've never told you this before...   The Self Esteem Through Art program started way before it formally "started"—a couple of decades before, actually. I brought a lot of old shit into my marriage—old ways of thinking, learned ways of moving through disagreements,...

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The Art of Impermanence

My husband, daughters, and I were on vacation in Rhode Island last week. My goal for the week was Ultimate Relaxation + Rejuvenation. I wanted to read, sit in the sun, play in the water, paddleboard, dabble in my art journal, visit my favorite farm stand on a regular...

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The Dirty on the Whole 30

Mid-January, my youngest daughter came to me and told me she wanted to do the Whole 30. Some people at school were doing it and she thought it would be good for her. I did some research and told her I would also do it so I could support her on this journey. There is...

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A Monthly Experiment on the Compound Effect of Gratitude

Like many of you, I am the President and CEO of my household. It's not a role I was particularly interested in and not one I formally applied for, but I am certainly the most qualified one to hold the title. With me in the corner office, there is always toilet paper...

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From Presence to Alchemy: My 2017 Word of the Year

This is my 10th year picking a Word of the Year (#OneLittleWord) as opposed to setting resolutions. I started off with buoyant in 2008, then flowed into courage ('09), be ('10), discipline ('11), impact ('12), transcend ('13), nourish ('14), strengthen ('15), and...

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